Wonderful excursion that showed us authentic Russia that can be experienced fully only outside of big cities. We were visiting beautiful churches and monasteries, peasants houses from past and present, museum of peasant living… and each of these places had its stories that our guide was sharing with us, explaining its importance in Russian spirit and culture. The best part was experiencing it ourselves – tasting baked goods from monastery bakery, touching old wooden peasant homes, walking in the yard and garden of a village house, seeing the celebration of a big religious holiday at one of the most important monasteries in the country and as the last thing doing my own matryoshka doll, that I kept as the nicest souvenir from this trip.